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Homewood's McNeily, Clay-Chalkville's Garner part of MLB futures camp

Homewood's DeMarcus McNeily was one of two players from Alabama invited to take part in the 'Breakthrough Series' event in Kansas City (abc3340.com)

The Kansas City Royals home stadium, was DeMarcus McNeily and Kendall Garner's classroom.

They were part of the 'Breakthrough Series', a developmental showcase put on by MLB and USA baseball. Tuesday's session included a trip to Kauffman Stadium to watch the big league Royals take batting practice.

McNeily is a rising junior at Homewood High School, and Garner attends Clay-Chalkville. This week, they were among the 60 prospects that got "coached up" by 13 former Major League players, coaches and executives.

"I felt pressure. I felt pressure, but at the same time I learned from the day that we got there," McNeily said. "We had a talk the first night and they said that some times you just have to let loose. Don't even worry about making a mistake and just go hard 24/7."

There's a track record of success. Last week, 25 alumni of the 'Breakthrough Series' or other similar developmental camp, were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft.

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